The following information was shared via email with the library community Friday, May 23, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.
Early this morning the Minnesota Legislature adjourned their Special Session
‘Sine Die’ having passed the seven bills in the global agreement with Gov.
Mark Dayton. The bills detailed a $46 million budget including $650 million
reduction in taxes, $483 million for education, $300 million for
transportation and nearly $1 billion in bonding for public works.
All of the bills now will go to the governor for his signature or veto.
While the governor signed the global agreement that kicked off the special
session, there were few details in that original document. As a result,
activists, union leaders and some high-ranking DFLers are urging him to veto
all or some of the agreement.
While general expectations are that Gov. Dayton will sign or veto the bills
by the middle to end of next week, he has 14 days to consider the bills
passed in the special session after they’re presented to him. The
legislature has three days to present the special session bills to the
The bonding bill contains $2 million for library construction and renovation
grants. There are no earmarks for these funds so an open grant process will
ensue at the MN Department of Education.
Samuel P. Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates